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From Prada to Nada (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles.

Director:

Angel Gracia

Writers:

Fina Torres (screenplay), Luis Alfaro (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Camilla Belle ... Nora Dominguez
Alexa PenaVega ... Mary Dominguez (as Alexa Vega)
Tina French Tina French ... Old Librarian
Luis Rosales ... Juanito
Pablo Martínez de Velasco Pablo Martínez de Velasco ... Pablo the Gardener
Alexis Ayala ... Gabriel Dominguez Sr.
Norma Reyna Norma Reyna ... Carmina
Adriana Barraza ... Aurelia Jimenez
Oliverio Gareli ... Marco Antonio Ramirez
Catalina López Catalina López ... Trinita
José María Negri ... Benjamin Kerensky
Mario Zaragoza Mario Zaragoza ... Federico
Pablo Cruz ... Gabriel Dominguez Jr.
April Bowlby ... Olivia
Nicholas D'Agosto ... Edward Ferris
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Storyline

When their dad dies on his 55th birthday, Beverley Hills sisters, Mary and Nora, find themselves destitute, forced by a grasping sister-in-law to move in with their aunt in East L.A. Mary, the younger sister, is mortified: spoiled by her dad, ignorant of Spanish, scared of the vatos. Her sister convinces her to finish college, and she promptly decides that one of her T.A.s will be her ticket back to Rodeo Drive. Elder sister Nora, a law student, gets a job as a legal intern, and Edward, her supervisor, the brother of the grasping sister-in-law, promptly falls for her. Slowly, the sisters realize what a rich place the barrio is at the same time that they get bruised in the contact sport of love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Riches to Rags Story See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief drug use and a sexual situation | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sense and Sensibilidad See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,115,638, 30 January 2011

Gross USA:

$3,033,623

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,170,303
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both of Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega had to get dark spary on tan to make them look a bit more Mexican See more »

Goofs

The cast on Mary's leg switches from one leg to the other, from when she is wheeled into the house and when she and Nora are in their bedroom then back to the original leg. The reason why the cast on Mary's leg appears to switch from one leg to another is because the initial camera angle in the bedroom is pointed at the mirror (frame around the image), thus causing the cast to appear to be on Mary's left leg. On the next camera angle, it is pointed directly at Mary so it shows the cast to be on the right leg. See more »

Quotes

Mary Dominguez: Who is he?
Carry Sullivan: I heard his father is an ambassador to one of those countries with fruit flies.
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Connections

Featured in Conan: Rendezvous at Meet-Up Point (2011) See more »

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Fuego
Written by Michael 'Inno' McCain (as Michael McCain), Anthony Butler, Steven Williams and Danica Rozelle
Performed by Michael 'Inno' McCain (as Inno) (Featuring Anthony Butler as Anthony)
Courtesy of Aperture Music
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Lose the Jane Austen expectations and you'll be fine
3 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Ostensibly a modern retelling of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility", the sisters Nora Dominguez (Camilla Belle) and Mary Dominguez (Alex Vega) are now rich Latinas who grew up rich and ignorant of their culture. When they lose their father and their fortune, they are forced to live with their poor relatives in East L.A.

Jane Austen doesn't always translate completely to modern times. Marriage just doesn't have the same importance as in Jane's times. The culture has changed in 200 years. But if we take the story without the Austen expectations, it works relatively fine.

However not everything is as fine as others. Mary is a little too privileged and ignorant to be likable for my taste. Alex Vega is playing her too much like a stereotype. And the production value is a little bit limited. With good actors available, they needed a more experienced director. Angel Gracia could only give us a made-for-TV level of style. Overall this rom-com is much richer of a story than most. It is definitely better than most of Lifetime or Hallmark romance.


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